Using Manual Mode

tips

■ When changing settings, the viewfinder's information display isn't turned on until you press the shutter button halfway down. After doing so, you can then release it while selecting settings.

■ In manual (M) mode, metering is automatically set to center-weighted (page 33).

Manual mode is often used when doing studiolike shots where you know the right exposure for the main subject but want to try variations on the background.

The Av/Exposure compensation button icon.

The exposure scale.

When you want total and absolute control over exposures, you can switch to manual (M) exposure mode. In this mode, you manually select both the shutter speed and aperture setting. Since automatic exposure combined with exposure compensation (page 41) is so easy to use, most photographer's only resort to manual mode in those rare situations where other modes can't give them the results they want.

When you press the shutter button halfway down in manual (M) mode, an exposure scale shows you how much you are under (-) or over (+) exposed. If the indicator is under the -2 or +2 and flashing it means you are off by more than two stops.

Manual mode is often used when doing studiolike shots where you know the right exposure for the main subject but want to try variations on the background.

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